July 23rd, 2010
06:55 AM ET
12 years ago

Progressives criticize WH, national media over Sherrod firing

Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) - Some of the activists attending the Netroots Nation convention have some stern words for the White House and the national media over how they handled the Shirley Sherrod story.

"From the beginning, traditional media outlets that were running with this should have looked at the full video, to get the full context. I mean, it wasn't like it wasn't available. They ran with it because the right wing had one of their manufactured outrages and there was no critical thinking involved in handling that story. And of course the Obama administration trying to make nice with the right wing, overreacted, and shot from the hip, instead of once again, getting the facts," Markos Moulitsas, co-founder of the influential blog the Daily Kos, told CNN.

Many of the attendees here say the administration should not have reacted so quickly after conservative media businessman Andrew Breitbart posted an edited version of Sherrod's speech on Monday that did not fully represent the racial views of the Agriculture Department employee.

"The obvious reaction by the White House would have been to, first of all, take a look at the full tape, and the NAACP would have happily turned that tape over. I mean they did, once they were asked to do so. Once they did, and they looked at it, they realized they made a mistake. They should have done that from the beginning, and in fact, a helpful White House, would have done that from the beginning, and helped push back against this right wing outreach," Moulitsas said.

"Instead of capiculating, they should have gotten all the facts, and they should have gone to war against people who are out to destroy them. I mean Andrew Breitbart has made it very clear that he wants nothing more than the destruction of the NAACP and of Barack Obama. And so when you realize that you have an opponent, and an enemy who is out to destroy you, puts out material, vet it first before caving to it."

That is a message shared by other attendees.

"If the administration doesn't do its homework, they are going to get caught doing the wrong thing, which is what happened here. They seem to have learned a lesson from this one, which is that they have to actually own the truth before they make their decisions," Ilyse Hogue, direct of political advocacy of MoveOn.Org, told CNN.

Filed under: Democrats • Netroots Nation • Shirley Sherrod
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  1. phoenix86

    Breibart admitted he did not have the full tape and the tape was misleading (taking something out of context is a favorite pastime of liberals, so I understand them being upset that a conservative may do this as well).

    However, where is the "outrage" against the DoA for a) firing her and b) now offering a racist based job to her?

    Hyprocracy continues alive and well on the left.

    July 23, 2010 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  2. Ancient Texan

    Say What? "the Obama Administration trying to make nice with the right wing" overreacted"........... When has that EVER happenend?

    July 23, 2010 08:41 am at 8:41 am |